For a long time, Shields was seen as the man to beat St-Pierre. He’d shown an ability to take out bigger, stronger wrestlers and had submission skill to boot. As had become par for the course, St-Pierre ended up earning a clear-cut decision win after beating Shields in every phase of the game despite suffering some damage from an eye-poke and ensuing strikes. The fight also drew the largest MMA crowd in North American history (55,724), making it notable for reasons outside of St-Pierre’s successful title-defense.
The MMA gods broke the mold when they crafted UFC welterweight Georges St-Pierre out of a stringy Canadian kid whose brush with bullying put him on the path to becoming one of the greatest fighters to ever grace the Octagon. In addition to being supremely talented, St-Pierre works his tail off in the gym and remains exceptionally humble even as the millions keep piling up. Whittling GSP’s record down to a Top 10 where wins are concerned would be a disservice despite “Rush” only having 24 total victories. In that regard it’s time to take a look back at fifteen moments of past success from St-Pierre’s career. Whether he’ll add Johny Hendricks to the list after their showdown at UFC 167 remains to be seen… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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